A Brush With Kindness Project

June 7, 2013

As many of you know, our new build on 740 Elm is complete and dedicated and the Bethea family could not be more pleased to have their own home to live in. Thank you so much to all that donated their time, talent and treasure to make this dream possible for a very deserving family.

We now have another opportunity to share our talents with an A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) project. This project will take two Saturday, workdays on June 22 & 29. Location is 734 N. Mulberry. We are in need of skilled carpenters, painters and general volunteers on both workdays.

COF Training Services will provide lunch for all volunteers on the 22nd.

 If you have volunteered with us before then you have already received the email.  If you have not volunteer with us before, but would like to please contact us at hfhofc@sbcglobal.net or call 785-242-2600 and we will get you plugged in.

Bethea Home dedication

May 20, 2013

We had the Bethea home dedication on 5/19/2013.  it was a great time and it was a full house!  here is some information on that as well as on some upcoming events. You can look at photo by clicking here

In total, we had 72 guests join us!  In total, there were 11 “organized” worksite days (much work happened in between work days by individual volunteers and contracted laborers), over 55 volunteers and over 500 hours of volunteer work on this home!

Thank you for putting this information in the Herald!  Upcoming projects include A Brush With Kindness Project on June 22nd and June 29th at 734 North Mulberry where we will be doing exterior repair incuding painting, trimwork, porch repair, landscaping, clean-up and more.  Our Annual Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament isJuly 13th and is our biggest fundraiser of the year.  If we can raise enough money, we’d like to break ground at 521 N. Cedar with the Oshel family.

If anyone would like to help with any of these projects, please contact Habitat at 242-2600.


May 18, 2013


David Bethea and his family have more than one reason to celebrate the arrival of summer vacation. David and his wife Whitney, along with niece Kyrie’(17), nephew Devion (13), son Shavion (11), and daughter Niylah (6), will spend their summer enjoying their new home and new neighborhood at 740 S. Elm. In September of 2012, Habitat notified David and his family at Lincoln Elementary School, where David is employed as a lead custodian. Since that time, the Betheas have worked hard on their home, completing their required 300 hours of “sweat equity” and giving their simple home a feeling of family from the very beginning.

The public is encouraged to join David and his family and the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors at the home at 740 S. Elm on Sunday, May 19th from 2 to 3pm for a tour and a time of celebration and thanks to all the dedicated volunteers and donors who made this home possible. For David, “This is such a blessing from God. Seeing all of these people come out and help us build our home was amazing.”

From day one, this home has been a blessing to David, his family, your Habitat affiliate, and so many more community volunteers. Rarely would a Saturday pass without a handful of extended family members and church members from Bethany Chapel Baptist Church raising a hammer or dipping a paintbrush alongside the Bethea family. Blessed with family advocate Miriam Lemp, who had been one of his teachers in middle school, David glided through the construction process with a huge cheer squad.

Now that the home is complete, David and Whitney will make monthly, interest-free mortgage payments. More importantly, they will realize their dream of being homeowners once and for all. Habitat for Humanity wishes to thank the Betheas for making this such a wonderful experience for us here at Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County. And thank you to all of the community volunteers and donors who made this construction possible! This is truly a community that cares and the Bethea family is forever grateful!

For more information, contact Family Advocate Miriam Lemp at 242-5044 or call the Habitat office at 242-7400.

Art Calendar Contest

April 17, 2013

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Habitat color

Drive 4 UR Art Contest

March 31, 2013

Help Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County (HFHoFC) celebrate its 20th  Anniversary in 2014!  Enter your artwork in a 2014 Calendar Contest! (All artwork will become the property of HFHoFC.)  A winner from each grade level will be selected for this calendar. Include a  catchy slogan with your art work! (Ex: What will you build? Houses of Hope) Use the back of this paper or any  8 1/2” x  11”  white paper to enter,  just include the information in the box above.  Please do your artwork  horizontally or landscape .

Bring your artwork to the DRIVE 4 UR COMMUNITY fundraiser at Advantage Ford, 402 N. Main, Ottawa, on Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.—6 p.m.  Have your parents take a short test drive. Enjoy hot dogs, bake sale,  pet adoptions, and view the artwork!

Ford Corporation donates $20 for every 10 minute test drive. (There is a short survey and information sheet to fill out).

Help us raise $6000 from Ford Corporation for Habitat!  We need to build decent, affordable houses for people in need.  Let’s eliminate poverty housing in Franklin County!

Alternative Entry: Bring your artwork to the HFHoFC Church Choir Challenge, Sunday, April 21, 6:30-8 PM, Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.

Click on the image below to view and download the PDF poster

HFH art-calendar contest and info

Church Choir Challange

March 12, 2013

CCC_4-21-13The next edition of Church Choir Challenge is coming so!!! April 21, 2013. Franklin County get ready!!! We had some outstanding performances last time…..the next Church Choir Challenge is shaping up to be the best one yet. If you want in on the line up contact Sandy Brown Payne 785-418-8910. The spot are filling up fast!

Drive 4 UR

March 12, 2013

Drive_4_ur Hey Franklin County,

Come down to Advantage Ford here in Ottawa KS. on April 6th from 9am – 6pm and test drive a car and Advantage Ford will donate $20 to Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County! Now the fun doesn’t stop there!!!! We are planning to make this a full out fun day! There is going to be food and fun for everyone. How about this…..do you have an idea of what you would like to have there,  drop us an email and tell us your idea hfhofc@sbcgobal.net. You never know your idea could help build a house!


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